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Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty; 20.2.1988) is the first female from Barbados to have received a Grammy Award and is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings record label. She was presented with an area of land in Appes Hill, St. James, Barbados, in a tribute to her work.
Net worth: Rihanna's earnings are $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth as of 2016.
Rihanna's Childhood Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is the daughter of Ronald Fenty (of African and Irish descent) and Monica Fenty, who has a Guyanese ancestry. In Combermere Schoool, she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Combermere in a local beauty pageant, as well as performing in the 'Colours Of Combermere' school show. She received her big break aged 15, when a friend introduced her to Evan Rogers, a music producer who was on vacation on the island. Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken recorded Rihanna's material in the U.S. and sent it to various record companies. One of these copies reached Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to his Def Jam label.
Musical Career: Rihanna has named Beyonce, Brandy Norwood and her upbringing in the Caribbean as the major influences on her music. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. The second single from the album, 'If It's Lovin' That You Want', was significantly less successful, reaching 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 in the UK charts. A third single, 'Let Me', was released in Japan only.
Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. Her third top 10 U.S. hit came with 'Unfaithful', written by the R&B singer Ne-Yo, though its follow-up, 'We Ride' was less successful, which failed to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. 'Break It Off', featuring Sean Paul, was her fourth single from the album. Digital download sales helped the song jump from 52 to number 9.
Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, was recorded with Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Stargate and released in 2007. Jay-Z and Ne-Yo also feature on the album and Justin Timberlake co-wrote 'Rehab' and sang backing vocals for the track. The album went three times platinum on the United World Albums Chart. The first single from the album, 'Umbrella', which featured Jay-Z, was a number one hit in a number of countries. In the UK, it was the longest running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' (1994) and the longest running number one by a female artist since Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992). With 8,160,000 points on the United World Chart, it was the most successful song of 2007. 'Umbrella' was followed by the singles 'Shut Up And Drive', 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Hate That I Love You'.
In November 2009, Rihanna released her fourth album 'Rated R', which featured guest spots from Slash, will.i.am and Jeezy. The album debuted at number four in the US Billboard 200 albums charts, selling 181,000 copies in the United States in its first week, giving Rihanna her highest first-week sales in the US at that time.
Rihanna released her fifth album 'Loud' in 2010. 'Loud' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it her fastest selling album at the time. The album featured guests Drake and Nicki Minaj and had some of Rihanna's most popular singles, namely 'What's My Name?' and 'Only Girl (In The World)'. That year saw her first collaboration with Eminem in the smash hit 'Love the Way You Lie'.
In 2011, Rihanna followed up 'Loud' with her sixth album 'Talk That Talk', which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 198,000 copies in the United States. The album is platinum in the United States. Guest spots on this album included Jay-Z and Calvin Harris.
Rihanna's seventh album, 'Unapologetic' was released in November 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, giving Rihanna her first number one album in the United States and bestselling debut week of her career. Rihanna recruited previous producers, such as The-Dream, Chase & Status and David Guetta, to work with new producers such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It and Labrinth. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. The song 'Nobody's Business' caused controversy as it featured Rihanna's abusive ex-partner Chris Brown. Rihanna has received twenty-three Grammy nominations including record of the Year, Best Rap / Sung Collaboration, Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Dance Recording. She also obtained seven Grammys including Song of the Year and Best R&B song.
Accolades attributed to Rihanna include: World's Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards, Favourite Female Artist - Soul / R&B at the American Music Awards, and best R&B song, for 'Shut Up and Drive' at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.
In 2016 Rihanna released her eighth studio album Anti in which the leading single work reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She also announced a supporting tour for the album which see's Rihanna travelling the world.
Other Ventures: Rihanna has released five different perfumes since 2011 (Reb'l Fleur,Rebelle, Nude, Rogue and RiRi). She also announced in 2014 that she was to release an aftershave for men entitled 'Rogue Man'.
Rihanna has also collaborated with MAC cosmetics on creating her own make up line called 'RiRi hearts MAC' in 2013. She also has endorsements with Nivea, Budweiser and Kodak.
Rihanna's first television program Styled to Rock premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. This saw numerous British designers over a ten week period compete in different challenges in order to win the prize of dressing Rihanna for one of her events.
She has also collaborated with British high street fashion brand River Island on four of their collections in 2013. In 2014 Rihanna announced that she was to become the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma overseeing the brand's women's clothing range. In the following year (2015) Rihanna was chosen to be the face of Dior which made her the first black woman to be the face for the company.
In 2016 Rihanna collaborated with Manolo Blahnik to create an all denim shoe collection.
Personal Life: In 2009 it was reported that Rihanna's partner at the time, singer Chris Brown, had violently attacked her. Brown was charged for assault and making criminal threats and later pled guilty to felony assault. He was given five years' probation and a restraining order. In 2013, Rihanna admitted that she was once again in a relationship with Brown, however Brown stated that the two had broken up again in May that year. Rihanna also had a relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp from late 2009 to 2010. Speculation also suggested she had dated rapper Drake.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013 Rihanna confirmed that she was dating Chris Brown once again. However in May 2013 Brown stated that the couple had broken up for the second time. In 2016 rumors emerged that Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio were dating as they have been spotted together numerous times.
Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto are finding comfort in Rihanna's new Star Trek Beyond theme song following their co-star Anton Yelchin's death.
The actor was killed when he was pinned between his car and a brick pillar after the vehicle rolled backwards down the steep driveway of his home in San Fernando Valley, California on 19 June (16).
Following his death his co-stars including Zoe, Zachary and John Cho took to social media to pay tribute to the 27-year-old and now they are praising singer Rihanna for releasing her "beautiful" ballad Sledgehammer as they recover from the shock of their friend's death.
"Thank you @badgalriri, for a beautiful song during one of the most difficult times for our StarTrek family. We know Anton would be proud," Zoe wrote on Instagram.
Continue reading: Zoe Saldana And Zachary Quinto Comforted By Rihanna's New Star Trek Song
Beyonce was the big winner at the BET Awards on Sunday night (26Jun16), taking home four gongs.
The 34-year-old singer claimed the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist award, as well as the prestigious gong for Video of the Year for Formation. Her hit also earned her the Centric Award, while Beyonce completed her haul by taking home the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice award during the event at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.
The stunning singer wowed audience members by opening the show with a performance of her track Freedom, from her hit album Lemonade. Her mother took to the stage to pick up the Video of the Year award on behalf of Beyonce, who had already jetted back tot he U.K. to continue with her Formation tour as soon as she finished her performance.
Drake also enjoyed a successful evening at the awards ceremony, winning three awards. As well as being named Best Male Hip Hop Artist, the 29-year-old took home Best Group alongside Future and Best Collaboration for Work, his track with Rihanna.
Continue reading: Beyonce Takes Home Four Gongs At Bet Awards
Rihanna has given a young design school graduate a big boost by wearing one of her creations in her new video.
The 28-year-old singer dropped the promo for her latest single This Is What You Came For last week (ends17Jun16) and it has now emerged the outfit she wears throughout the video was designed by recent Pratt Institute graduate Isabel Hall, who once served as an intern for one of Rihanna‘s favourite designers, Adam Selman.
The star's stylist Mel Ottenberg has revealed he attended the student’s fashion show and was so impressed with her designs, he contacted her when it came time to get Rihanna kitted out for the promo.
"Mel wanted to pull the jumpsuit for another project," Hall tells Complex. "He did whatever with it and I got it back, but then I got a text a few weeks later from Mel‘s assistant, saying, 'Hey, are you in town? We have something we really need the jumpsuit for'.
Continue reading: Rihanna Gives Wannabe Fashion Designer A Big Boost
The Coldplay frontman also thinks she’s the Frank Sinatra of our generation.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has found a unique why to describe Rihanna’s voice, by comparing it to a ‘beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.’ Speaking to The Guardian, Martin praised the Barbadian singer’s rich vocals, saying she can turn ‘anything into gold’.
Chris Martin thinks Rihanna’s voice is like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.
“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation. She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone."
Lady Gaga was hoping to perform with Mark Ronson at Britain's Glastonbury Festival but she didn't have the time.
The Poker Face singer was rumoured to be teaming up with Mark for a surprise appearance at the music event this weekend (25-26Jun16) after she was reportedly spotted on the Worthy Farm site.
The Uptown Funk producer has now confirmed they had been planning for her to play with him and Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, but they couldn't fit it into her schedule, as she is due to attend an event with the Dalai Lama in the U.S. on Sunday (26Jun16).
“She was going to come but she had to go and meet the Dalai Lama or something crazy," Mark tells Britain's Sun on Sunday newspaper. "She was close to coming and hanging out in Shangri-La but it didn’t quite happen.”
Continue reading: Mark Ronson: 'Lady Gaga's Surprise Set Didn't Quite Happen'
Lady Gaga has reportedly been spotted backstage at Britain's Glastonbury Festival, sparking rumours of a surprise onstage appearance.
The Poker Face singer reportedly flew into the Worthy Farm site in Somerset, England on Thursday (23Jun16) and has been spotted hanging out behind the famous Pyramid stage, causing speculation she could be performing.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Gaga is rumoured to be playing a secret DJ set in the festival's Shangri-La area with her pal and collaborator Mark Ronson.
“She was clocked by a few people but she kept a low profile," a source said. “She’s been saying to Mark for ages that she wanted to come to Glastonbury again... Mark is playing officially in the early hours of Sunday morning but they are trying to make another set work because she is due back in the States to meet the Dalai Lama on Sunday.”
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Sparks Glastonbury Performance Rumours
‘Famous’ was premiered live on Tidal, Friday (June 24) during West’s show at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Kanye West’s new video for ‘Famous’ might just be his most controversial and thought-provoking work yet. Visuals from the video premiered on Friday night and fans watching live on Tidal couldn't believe their eyes, as uncanny likenesses of celebs including Taylor Swift, Amber Rose, Bill Cosby and Caitlyn Jenner all appeared on screen completely naked.
Kanye West has unveiled his ‘Famous’ video.
Introducing the video West told the crowd: "I wanna thank Eli first of all who was in the project every day …I don't wanna give away how it all happened. I wanna thank all my family, my wife, and y'all supporting ideas and truth. I got one question though. Would you like me to play that back?”
‘Sledgehammer’ will reportedly be part of the soundtrack for the latest 'Star Trek' instalment.
Rihanna has reportedly recorded a song for the soundtrack to Star Trek Beyond, the sci-fi movie which hits cinemas on July 22nd. While nothing’s been confirmed by the singer herself, some eagle eyed fans spotted a promo for a new track titled ‘Sledgehammer’ on the US iTunes store.
iTunes is teasing Rihanna's new single 'Sledgehammer' from the soundtrack of upcoming Star Trek movie. pic.twitter.com/ESPg6HbnxT— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 24, 2016
Continue reading: Has Rihanna Recorded A Song For The 'Star Trek Beyond' Soundtrack?
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has hailed Rihanna as one of the world's greatest singers, comparing her to legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.
The 39-year-old musician, who enlisted the Barbadian singer, 28, to sing with him on Coldplay's 2011 track Princess of China, has fallen in love with the singer's voice, which he believes is close to perfect.
In fact, he believes the Umbrella musician is to music fans today what Frank Sinatra was to the generation who grew up listening to his iconic hits like Come Fly with Me in the 1950s and 1960s.
"She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation," he tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone.
Continue reading: Chris Martin: 'Rihanna Is The Frank Sinatra Of Our Generation'
The singer was getting deeply emotional about something.
What's up with Rihanna? The popstar was seen breaking down in tears as she performed at her concert in Dublin last night (June 21st 2016), after arriving at the venue half an hour late. Fans sang along with her and spurred her own as her voice cracked and tears spilled down her face during 'Love The Way The You Lie'.
Rihanna struggles with her emotions during Dublin concert
As of yet, it's not clear what got the Barbadian beauty so upset as she attempted to sing her Eminem collaboration 'Love The Way The You Lie Part II' at Ireland's Aviva Stadium as part of her ANTI World Tour. It's true that it's a particularly emotional song about domestic violence; something that she experienced in the public eye when she was just 20-years-old; but the song was released in 2010 and it's odd for her to still get emotional while singing it for the thousandth time in her career.
Continue reading: Rihanna Breaks Down During 'Love The Way You Lie' Performance In Dublin
Date of birth
20th February, 1988
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